The French Connection

The French Connection

The French Connection

Gene Hackman is Popeye Doyle, an obsessive New York cop hellbent on busting a heroin ring in William Friedkin's tough, fast-paced The French Connection. Winner of Best Film, Director and Actor at the 1972 Academy Awards.

"Story involves a $32 million shipment of high-grade heroin smuggled from Marseilles to New York hidden in a Lincoln Continental. A complicated deal is set up between the French people, an American money man and the Mafia. Doyle, a tough cop with a shaky reputation who busts a lot of street junkies, needs a big win to keep his career together. He stumbles on the heroin deal and pursues it with a single-minded ferocity that is frankly amoral. He isn't after the smugglers because they're breaking the law; he's after them because his job consumes him." (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).

Winner of five Oscars including Best Film, Director and Lead Actor (Hackman), Academy Awards 1972.
1971Rating: M, Violence104 minsUSA
ActionCrimeThriller
Director:
William Friedkin ('The Exorcist', 'The Rules of Engagement')
Writer:
Ernest Tidyman
Cast:
Gene HackmanRoy ScheiderFernando ReyTony Lo Bianco

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The French Connection / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

A film of almost incredible suspense, and it includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

As amoral as its hero, as violent, as obsessed and as frightening.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Hard as nail crime saga with a blistering central performance.

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BBC

BBC

Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider play it hard and fast.

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